Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady

Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady

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By (author) Samuel Richardson, Edited by John Richetti, Edited by Toni Bowers

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  • Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 800 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 33mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Peterborough
  • ISBN 10: 1551114755
  • ISBN 13: 9781551114750
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 419,434

Product description

Tells the story, in letters, of the beautiful and virtuoso Clarissa Harlowe's pursuit and abduction by the rake Robert Lovelace. The epistolary structure allows Richardson to create layered and fully realized characters, as well as an intriguing uncertainty about the reliability of the various "narrators". The abridgment is designed to retain the novel's rich characterizations and relationships, and reproduces individual letters in their entirety wherever possible.

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Toni Bowers is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. John Richetti is A.M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Both have published widely on eighteenth-century fiction.

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"Arguably the best novel published in Great Britain in the eighteenth century and an undisputed landmark of European literature, Clarissa, at over a million words, is too long for the undergraduate classroom. Here, finally, is an abridgment that, while reducing its length, remains faithful to the spirit of the original. Based on the text of the third edition and judiciously edited by Toni Bowers and John Richetti, the Broadview Clarissa superbly fills a long-standing pedagogical need. With its excellent introduction, detailed notes, and generous background and contextual materials, this edition makes Richardson's masterpiece accessible to twenty-first century students."--Albert J. Rivero